'Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto' follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys so far, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra.
June 4, 2015
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
New York, NY
November 20, 2014 @ 7:15pm
With Bela Fleck in person
July 16, 2014
Sewanee Music Festival
June 17, 2014 @ 8pm
Denver Film Society
With Béla Fleck in person
April 19 & 23, 2014
Nashville Film Festival
April 19th screening features post-show appearance by Béla Fleck
March 23, 2014
Green Mountain Film Festival
'Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto' follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys so far, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a major banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. A very intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, "How to Write a Banjo Concerto" features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla's. The film also digs into 'father issues', with Béla being named after classical composers by an absentee father. Composing this piece forces Béla to confront these issues.
"A moving and joyous portrait of a talented musician."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Offering an insightful look at the creative process, this is recommended."
"Highly recommended for music lovers and anyone interested in the creative process."
"Recommended. This should appeal to a broad spectrum of musical tastes."
Educational Media Reviews Online
"This intriguing documentary spotlights Fleck tackling another unique challenge: penning a classical work featuring his instrument and an 80-piece orchestra."